Orange Park’s Cancer Program Receives Accreditation with Commendation
February 03, 2010
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC).
A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.
The OPMC Cancer Program was commended for accruing patients to clinical trials, prevention and early detection, and cancer-related quality improvements.
‘We’ve worked hard to receive this level of CoC accreditation,” says Tony Tullot, M.D., Chairman of the Orange Park Medical Center Cancer Committee. “Patients can feel comfortable in coming to this facility and to our physicians for their cancer care. They don’t have to travel to receive excellent care that’s available right here in our community.”
Approximately 71 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the United States are treated in the more than 1,400 facilities that are accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established CoC standards. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program hospital or facility ensures that patients will receive:
- Quality care close to home
- Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services
- A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available
- Information about cancer clinical trials and new treatment options
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support
- A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvements in care.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.